Four Common Misconceptions About Solid Hardwood Floors
Solid hardwood floors create an undeniable richness and beauty to your home. Their classic good looks speak to enduring quality and tasteful style that complements any interior setting or lifestyle, from traditional to trendy. The legendary durability and easy care of solid hardwood flooring makes it a wise investment. Your solid hardwood floor can easily last for 50 years or more with proper care, giving you a lifetime of beauty and value. So what are some of the misconceptions?
Misconception #1: Solid Hardwood Floors are not Suitable for Oklahoma
Solid wood flooring is 100% hardwood milled from individual boards of lumber. You can install it most rooms, except for moisture-prone areas like the basement and full bathrooms. That’s because solid wood is susceptible to natural shrinking and expanding as it reacts to moisture and temperature changes. While moisture is a factor in Oklahoma, there are ways to lessen the wood floor reaction to moisture. The wood need to be properly acclimated to the environment before it is laid. That means it delivered to the location a few days before installation. The plank width and wood species will also affect how your floors react to moisture. There are also sawing techniques such as quarter sawn that give more dimensional stability.
For rooms with high humidity, you can choose an engineered wood floor. These floors are genuine hardwood floors made with a cross-layer construction that provides enhanced stability. It’s a good idea to compare the features of solid vs engineered hardwood flooring before deciding which one is right for you.
Misconception #2: Solid Hardwood Floors Require too Much Maintenance.
To keep your floor in good shape and looking new, normal care such as sweeping or vacuuming with a soft broom or vacuum is generally all that is required on a consistent basis. Finishes are far more durable than in the past, the gloss of your floor is also designed to last many years. To maintain its luster, use the manufacturers recommended cleaner with a dry mop and a terry cloth cover. In families where there are children and pets, cleaning wood becomes easier than having to scrub and spray a carpet for example with scrapes only adding more character to this kind of floor. It is important to know that the only cleaner required for prefinished urethane floors are “Hardwood and Laminate” cleaners such as Bona.
Misconception #3: The installation of Solid Hardwood floors is too Much Trouble.
Knowing what is involved in the installation of Solid Hardwood floors can help you control the “trouble.” Solid hardwood flooring is either glued, nailed, or stapled to a wood subfloor. In a new home installation you can recess the slab for the subfloor so all of your floors are even. If you are replacing solid hardwood floors for carpet on slab floors that have not been recessed, it may require adjustments to doors and floor boards/quarter round, and risers to the connecting carpet or tile.
The solid hardwood comes in both finished and unfinished. The unfinished solid wood takes added time to be sanded and finished after installation. That can take five days at a minimum. If you want to reduce the time and mess, there are many choices of finished solid hardwood.
Misconception #4: There are Fewer Choices With Solid Hardwood Floors.
There are innumerable ways to make a solid hardwood floor your unique choice. First choose the wood species. Domestic hardwoods like maple, white oak, and cherry have more uniform colors and grain patterns, with little variation board to board. Species like red oak and hickory are more visually striking with heavier graining and robust color variations. Exotic hardwoods exhibit beautiful looks and rich colors, along with high hardness ratings.
What do you want your hardwood floor to look like? Smooth? Textured? Light texture or a deeper texture? A smooth floor typically conveys a more elegant appearance, while hand-scraped and distressed boards have a more relaxed, timeworn appeal. Textured surfaces also disguise scratches and foot traffic patterns over the years
Select from narrow strip (up to 3”), plank (3” - 5”), wide plank (5” and up), and parquet squares. Board width can easily change the look of a room. Narrow strips create the illusion of more space in a smaller room. With fewer seams, wider width planks showcase the natural beauty of the wood better.
As you can see Solid Wood Floors come with many choices, they can adapt to the moisture in our Oklahoma climate and are easy to maintain. Planning for your solid Hardwood floor and knowing what the installation process is makes it easy to manage. Our experienced Installers have years of experience to know what is needed for your solid hardwood floor. Below are some examples of Solid Hardwood Floors from Bruce and Armstrong.